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First Look: Edibles & Essentials at St. Louis Hills

October 8th 05:10pm, 2015



Part cafe, part market, Edibles & Essentials opened its doors at 5815 Hampton Ave., this Monday, Oct. 5. Chef-owner Matt Borchardt said his aim is to create a comfortable atmosphere and support regional and national artisans.

On the edible side, the menu offers six small plates of salad and meat options, as well as eight large plates of sandwiches and banh mi tacos. Charcuterie boards can be customized at a per-person price with a regional rotation of salumi, cheese, nuts, pickles, olives, fruit and bread.

The essentials are displayed on shelving around the perimeter of the store and feature a blend of international sauces like Korean Yuzu mayonnaise and Italian olive oils. Domestic offerings like a white Alabama-style barbecue sauce from Lillie’s Q. Also scattered on the shelves are locally handmade cutting boards and pottery made by Borchardt’s brother, Anthony Borchardt.

The back patio accommodates three dozen diners who have an unobstructed view across the field of Bishop DuBourg High School. The market and cafe also offers catering and private parties.

Edibles & Essentials is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here’s what to expect at South Hampton’s latest eatery:


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-photos by Meera Nagarajan

By Kristin Schultz

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